Lichfield, Burntwood & Villages Liberal Democrats
Article: May 10, 2022
While arguing that black is white - that is to say, potentially being made to wait for hours in passport control is a good thing, our "socially liberal" MP has just done it again.
He cheers for Brexit, the Brexit which according to the Office for Budget Responsibility is responsible for a 4% drop in GDP (the COVID pandemic by comparison is responsible for only 2% according to the same source), which has resulted in shortages of goods and materials, labour shortages, and financial pain to many SMEs.
Article: May 9, 2022
It's been a great result last week for the Lib Dems in England. Nearly two hundred NEW councillors elected. Three NEW councils under the Liberal Democrats' control, bringing the total to sixteen.
Sad that we had no candidate in Tamworth to demonstrate what the swing there to Lib Dems might have been, and of course there were no elections this year in Lichfield or East Staffordshire (wait for next year, though!).
Article: Apr 21, 2022
At the meeting of Lichfield City Council on 20 April, 2022, Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Paul McDermott (Stowe ward, pictured here outside Minster Hall) asked Lichfield Mayor Councillor Robert Yardley the following question under Standing Order 82 (a):
Would the Mayor acknowledge the hard work and personal sacrifices of the teachers and medical professionals in Lichfield during the Covid pandemic and would he therefore disassociate himself from the derogatory comments made by our Member of Parliament that they regularly failed to adhere to the Government lockdown rules?
Article: Apr 15, 2022
Lichfield's MP, Michael Fabricant, seems never to have taken note of the advice above. He has made himself, and by extension, the constituency of Lichfield, a laughing-stock throughout the country.
On Twitter and indeed on national broadcast and print media, his attempts to defend the Prime Minister's breaking of the rules have met with disgust and incredulity. Indeed, many people believed that Mr Fabricant was in fact a comedy parody account along the lines of "Sir Michael Take CBE"'s over-the-top praise of Mr Johnson, and were surprised to find that he is indeed a real person and an elected representative, who excuses the Prime Minister on the grounds that key workers such as nurses and teachers were enjoying drinks together after their shifts.
Article: Mar 13, 2022
Lichfield and Burntwood Liberal Democrats are backing a call for an emergency cut to VAT to protect local families from soaring bills, and the worsening cost of living crisis.
"We are calling for the standard rate of VAT to be reduced from 20% to 17.5% for one year, a move putting around £20,000,000 back in the pockets of 32,800 families in Lichfield, Burntwood, and the surrounding communities. This would mean saving households in the Lichfield District an average of around £600 each," says Hugh Ashton, Liberal Democrat Lichfield City Councillor.
Article: Feb 28, 2022
The Government must show actions as well as words to ensure civilians fleeing Ukraine are supported, a Lichfield councillor has said. Cllr Paul Ray made his comments in an open letter to Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.
"We all agree that the situation in Ukraine is tragic and frightening beyond belief. This is the darkest day for our continent since 1945.
22321 pensioners in Lichfield Constituency left out in the cold as broken triple lock promise creates £482,134 cost of living black holeArticle: Feb 21, 2022
The Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of leaving pensioners in the Lichfield area with a "hole in their pocket" after breaking a manifesto promise to protect the state pension.
In the wake of inflation hitting a thirty year high of 5.5% in January, a typical pensioner in the Lichfield Constituency is set to see their income fall by £171.60 this year in real terms. This is a total loss of income of £3,830,284 between 22321 pensioners here due to the Conservative government's decision to break a key manifesto promise and scrap the triple lock on pensions.